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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Le Temple de la Gloire ('The Temple of Glory')


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In a stunning world premiere recording, music director and conductor Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and an international cast of French Baroque opera stars present Jean-Philippe Rameau’s original 1745 version of Le Temple de la Gloire, with libretto by Voltaire. Presented as a fully staged opera in April 2017, the three sold out performances enjoyed universal critical acclaim from some of the world’s leading publications. The original manuscript had not been performed since 1745 and is housed at U.C. Berkeley’s Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. Originally written to honour King Louis XV and commemorate the Battle of Fontenoy, the version of this ballet héroïque that has been heard up until now is the second version which was substantially changed by Rameau to appease the King and Parisian tastes. Voltaire’s original libretto, used in these performances and recording, is a philosophical reform of opera: an allegory set around the idea of the temple of glory with moral and political overtones — making this original version not only more powerful but uniquely relevant …even today. In the words of Nicholas McGegan, 'It’s extravagant, spectacular beyond description. It’s a wonderful mix. Incredibly ornate music ... the whole kitchen sink of the orchestra, deliberately exotic and jangly, with trumpets, even bagpipes'.
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Catalogue number PBP-10
Barcode 0852188003140
Release date 01/07/2018
Category Baroque
Label Philharmonia Baroque
Format CD
Number of discs 2
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